Need SEROIUS help!

  1. I have a Math med exam next week and I have already failed 2 times. We are only allowed 1 wrong! If I dont pass this final chance I get kicked out of the Nursing program! I have been crying NON STOP. I need advice on how not to freak out and blank again! I know how to do it! I am doubting myself and then when I am in there I completely blank out! Can anyone help me?We have 10 questions and 30 mins!
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  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Did you get to review your previous tests to find out where you were going wrong? I would say that you should find out your weaknesses and study those. I have heard that sucking on a peppermint while taking a test helps stimulate your mind also. If you are distracted during the test, see if you are allowed to turn your desk away, wear headphones or earplugs, anything that will help you keep your attention on the test. Don't cram, and get a good nights sleep the night before. You can do it!
  4. by   nursedawn67
    First off take a deep breath and relax yourself....panicking will not help you at will make you doubt yourself even more. And I would review where you went wrong before and study that. A friend of mine got terrible test anxiety so whe asked to be moved away from the rest of the class during the test...helped her alot.

    Peppermint helps stimulate the mind? Good to know. I heard orange juice helps with memory and mental awareness...or was it the potassium? Anyhow I drank tons of it, just in case. LOL

    Good luck Bex.....we're rooting for ya!!
  5. by   researchrabbit
    Ask your prof for some sample questions you can practice on. Review your old tests and rework the problems you missed.

    Look at what you are missing, and why you are missing it.

    Is it simple math errors (such as incorrect multiplication, addition, subtraction, division)? Or is it problems with what to do with the numbers that you have?

    Most schools have math tutors...this could be helpful to you as well.

    You can do this!
  6. by   sunnygirl272
    ditto toall of above.....

    and get off the damm computer and go study!!!! :kiss
  7. by   RNinRubySlippers
    I can totally do it...when it is not the test! I screwed up on decimals once and one was a simple multilication erroe which NEVER should have occured! When she handed me the second test, I completely blanked out! It is simple math! Like for example:
    Doc's order; 200mg of whatever
    Strength: 100mg/2mL

    It is that simple! I don't know what my problem is!? I wanna cry some more!
  8. by   vaughanmk
    First off stop crying. Too much anxiety will only make things worse. Do you have a med. calculations book. At my school we actually had a workbook so we could practice each type of question. Also be sure to double check answers. Make sure that the answers are logical. If the final answers looks way off then it probally is.

    Good Luck
  9. by   RNinRubySlippers
    Thanks. I am lost for what to do. I have to find a way to simmer down while I am in there. I love nursing and dont know waht I would do if I did't make this! Cry more perhaps? lol. Yes, I have a work book. I can do it at home JUST FINE. Its test anxiety that decided to spring up on me at the WORST possible time!
  10. by   ashse
    Focus, relax and do your best. You KNOW you have it in you to pass the test so think positive. Good luck!!!
  11. by   essarge
    I found the "Incredibly Easy" series was excellent for review. We have med calculations at the beginning of each nursing class. We HAVE to get 100% on them or we don't pass meds (not good). These "quizzes" also include some meds on them (major stress when they list 33 and only ask for two on each exam...oops "quiz"!).

    Perhaps if you ask to do the test in the instructor's office...away from all distractions that might help. Pretend like you are teaching how to do the problems to someone else and see if that works better.
  12. by   TX Guy

    A public speaking trick is to exercise prior to a speech to get rid of excess anxiety. You might try this for a your test.
    Good luck!

  13. by   CountrifiedRN
    Practice, practice, practice! I know you said you can do the problems fine outside of the test taking environment, but the more problems you do, the more it will just become second nature. Work the whole problem out each time, don't shortcut, that's where a lot of people make errors.

    Also, try to put yourself in a positive frame of mind, it really helps. You know you can do this, so before the test, take a deep breath, don't let yourself get all worked up, and take it one step at a time.

    Good luck!
  14. by   researchrabbit
    Originally posted by TX Guy

    A public speaking trick is to exercise prior to a speech to get rid of excess anxiety. You might try this for a your test.
    Good luck!

    This is a GREAT idea; exercise is a wonderful stress reliever.

    Meditation or progressive relaxation or deep breathing are also good for stress.

    If it would help, you might ask your instructor if you could take the test privately, in her office...that may be less stressful than taking it with the class.

    Have you ever done self-hypnosis? You can do this with the progressive relaxation (you can do it yourself or use a tape). Once you have finished the relaxation exercise, imagine yourself taking the test and passing with ease.